Higher Education Tuition and Fees in China: Implications and Impacts on Affordability and Educational Equity

  • Haiying Dong Arizona State University
  • Xuehong Wan West China School of Medicine, Sichuan University

Abstract

Students in China are being shouldered with more financial responsibility for their higher education. This shift impacts individuals across the economic spectrum in different ways. This paper assesses recent trends in China's higher education tuition and fees, and the implications on educational equity. Results document substantial increases in tuition and fees since 1996. China's policies have caused costs to rise to the point where they now exceed the abilities of many individuals to pay. As a consequence, many lower income families find it impossible to afford higher education without assistance. Recently, the government began increasing financial assistance to low-income families. This has resulted in some relative improvements. While progress has been noteworthy, it will be important for the Chinese government to continue reforming student subsidy programs and student loans policies in order to foster more equal access for capable students from all economic backgrounds. 

Author Biographies

Haiying Dong, Arizona State University

Haiying Dong is a Ph.D. candidate at Arizona State University, in the area of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. His interests include the application of large-scale data analysis in educational policy studies; the influence of educational policy on individual and collective actions; school choice; school accountability; student achievement; and international and comparative education.

 

 

Xuehong Wan, West China School of Medicine, Sichuan University

Xuehong Wan is a professor of internal medicine and Vice Dean for educational affairs in West China School of Medicine, Sichuan University. His interests include the international comparative study on medical education system, curriculum designing, medical tests and faculty development.

Published
2012-02-05
How to Cite
Dong, H., & Wan, X. (2012). Higher Education Tuition and Fees in China: Implications and Impacts on Affordability and Educational Equity. Current Issues in Education, 15(1). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/811
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